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Recruitment at The Mary Rose

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Jobs at The Mary Rose

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Current vacancies


Head of Guest Experience (Maternity Cover)

Hours: 37 hours full-time (inc some weekends and evenings)
Fixed Term Contract

Location:  Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth


The Mary Rose Trust is responsible for conserving and displaying King Henry VIII’s favourite ship which sank in 1545 and was raised from the seabed in 1982. The hull and her unique collection of artefacts are on display in Portsmouth for this and future generations. It is also responsible for the world-class museum and visitor experience, and as a scientific and educational resource. The Mary Rose is a unique and moving experience of everyday life in Tudor times, presented in an immersive manner through original artefacts, scientific research and emotionally compelling insights into the crew.

The Mary Rose Trust is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, flexible, highly motivated and experienced Head of Guest Experience to join our Operations Team, based at the Mary Rose Museum.

The Head of Guest Experience is accountable for our guest’s journey and total experience whilst at our award-winning museum. The aim of the role is to ensure an efficient and safe operation of the museum, provide professional and mature leadership and maintain and grow our guest visit satisfaction. It involves working alongside our partners at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

If you have the relevant experience and are someone who inspires and motivates people, then this could be the opportunity for you.

Contract Type:          Fixed term contract for 12 months, to provide maternity cover.
Start Date:                 As soon as possible.
Location:                   Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth.
Salary:                        £28,000 per annum.
Hours of work:          Full time, including some weekends and evenings.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please see the Role Profile downloadable below and apply with a CV and covering letter (of a maximum 2 sides of A4), demonstrating how you meet the role specification to Michelle Rickman, Executive Assistant: at  

The closing date for applications is Monday 1st February 2021. 
If you do not hear from us by Friday 5th February, then on this occasion you have not been shortlisted.

Due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic and in accordance with government guidelines, online interviews will be made by arrangement with shortlisted candidates.





Join our award-winning team of volunteers

‘Being a volunteer is a privilege to be able to share knowledge of the Mary Rose to a large variety of visitors from all over the World.  It is interesting, fun and tremendously satisfying to be part of the team.’

Buggy Driver


We are currently recruiting a number of new Volunteer Buggy Drivers to assist those with mobility needs by driving between the entrance of the Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose.  As a member of our team, full training will be provided.

One of our regular drivers had the following to say about driving the buggy: -

‘I had recently retired and was looking for an interest to fill my time.  I volunteer for the Mary Rose Museum as a buggy driver two days a week days.  It has given me the opportunity to meet visitors from all over the World and all walks of life.  I love to chat to them and listen to their enthusiasm regarding their Mary Rose experience.’

If you are over the age of 21, hold a full, clean driving licence, interested in volunteering at the Mary Rose and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week, we would love to hear from you.

Welcome Volunteers


Work alongside our friendly Guest Relations Team at the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will meet and greet visitors and engage with them in making the most of their visit, including signposting to what is on that day.  You will also have the opportunity to assist with manning the information desk.

As part of our training scheme you will undergo an initial induction and full support and ongoing training will also be provided.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, are aged over the age of 16 and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week we would like to hear from you. 

Fill out this form, and let us know you are interested. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch within a few days.